a new toy

I like my little Panasonic point and shoot camera, but it does have its drawbacks. When R came home with a new camera I was about equal parts excited and intimidated. It’s a Nikon D3100, which puts it right on the edge of having more capabilities than we could ever learn to use. The main thing that I wanted in a new camera was a viewfinder. I found it nearly impossible to control the framing of a shot without one. I’ve barely scratched the surface of what it will do, but remember how I was bemoaning my inability to capture the texture of the Kalanchloe belhariensis?

Kalankhloe belhariensis close-up

Well, I think this just about does it.

old callicarpa

And when I took this shot of the Callicarpa bodinieri ‘Profusion’ berries in front of the red foliage of the Nandina the colors left something to be desired.

new callicarpa

Now I can focus on the berries and let the flaming leaves act as background. This is going to be fun! The old camera will still be tucked into purse or pocket for those times when I want to snap photos unobtrusively, but I am looking forward to experimenting with this new tool. I’ll let you in on new discoveries as they arise.

12 thoughts on “a new toy

  1. Beautiful shots, now we can see the kalanchoe as it looks to you. Soft and fuzzy, the berries are gorgeous with the background in contrast.

    A good camera does make all the difference. Your old camera will come in handy and you might find (as I did) that it does a better job of basic snapshots when you are out and about.

    Have fun with both!

  2. Kudos to you on the new pictures! I actually got a new camera last Christmas, and haven’t used it yet. It is a bit intimidating for me. You give me hope that I may be able to master it.

  3. Shirley~Thanks! I’m sure you’re right and I will find the proper use for each tool with time.

    Scott~I keep meaning to ask what kind of camera you use.

    Loree~I was surprised when I saw the camera you use for what I consider first class results.

    Alison~Just go out there and shoot. What have you got to lose?

    Peter~We will have to compare notes.

    Heather~Yay…a convert! I’m so proud.

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